Learning to serve others
Recently, while selling popcorn as part of our annual fund-raiser, our Cub Scouts also collected school supplies, shoes, and other items for the children in Afghanistan.
During our Halloween-party pack meeting that followed the popcorn sale, families donated more school supply items.
The collection was inspired by the sheriff of Dodge County, Col. Todd Nehls, who had been called to active duty and is currently serving in Afghanistan. His letters in the local newspaper described how children there have very little and he called upon the local citizens to collect shoes, supplies, and other items to help the people of the villages.
Our Cub Scouts wanted to help children of their same age, and we were able to send six packages of pencils, paper, erasers, crayons, markers, glue, shoes, kites, and popcorn to Afghanistan.
The pack committee tries to make such community service projects a learning experiences for all our Cub Scouts. We hope that the boys, by learning about service at a young age, will continue giving of themselves into adulthood.
As part of the BSA's Good Turn for America, packs, troops, teams, and crews can enter information about their service projects and service hours on a national Web site, www.goodturnforamerica.org. In February of each year, the BSA will report the total number of service hours and projects to the nation. In addition, councils can generate reports for their areas.
We're proud of those who serve
I received an e-mail from fellow Scouting leader Dan Kirkpatrick, who serves as an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 119, chartered to the Lions Club in New Virginia, Iowa. While his letter is to fellow members of the Order of the Arrow, I think it applies to all who serve their fellow man:
I am writing this letter from Bagram Air Force Base in northern Afghanistan [where] we are in the center of action for the "War on Terrorism."
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